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Gothic altar

Religious scroll saw fretwork pattern of a Gothic altar for the Virgin Mary

  This is a remarkably beautiful altar designed for a religious statue, preferably the Virgin Mary. It is nicely ornamented in gothic style. This pattern is based in a very old Italian design that I have reconstructed entirely in the computer.  The mounting system of the altar has been completely redesigned to avoid any fitting difficulties. The pieces in the corner work as a frame where the inclined pieces lean with precision. This way the only thing this project requires to be completed is time to scroll its many intricate pieces. The fretworked pieces in the roof can be left open of the interior covered with coloured linen.

 The altar is designed to be made preferably with 1/4 and 1/8 inches wood or with 6 and 3 mm wood, but of course it can be resized at will. The pattern has been slightly reduced, this means the waste copies for the projects need to be scaled up. The pattern contains detailed indications on how to scale the waste copies depending on the wood widths to be used. The following table gives the measures of the altar depending on the wood width you use:

  Altar height Altar width
1/4  and 1/8 in. wood  35,2 in. 14,5 in.
6 and 3 mm. wood  84,4 cm. 34,8 cm.
4 and 2 mm. wood  56,3 cm. 23,2 cm.

  Please note that this pattern is registered and copyrighted. If you would like to have it I offer it for 16 € plus shipping. The pattern is computer made, which provides total precision, and nicely printed for convenient scrolling. Click here to buy this pattern. Write me to for any questions.


 This picture has been kindly sent by Andrea Graziano from Italy.  This picture has been kindly sent by Andrea Graziano from Italy.  This picture has been kindly sent by Alain Lainé from Belgium.


This picture has kindly been sent by Santiago Fernández from Burgos, Spain.  This picture has been kindly sent by Helmut Marten from Germany.